Rhapsody of the Seas’ $54 million makeover


Last month Rhapsody of the Seas went into dry dock in Singapore to undergo a $54 million makeover.  On the 29th of March the overhaul was completed and the newly refurbished ship is now sailing on its way to Sydney, Australia.

We thought Cruse1st readers would like to hear about the ship and find out more about the refurbishment.


So what was included in this makeover?


The ship now has several new dining venues to choose from, including Chops Grille, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Chef’s Table experience and Park Cafe.  Yummy!

Technology fans will also be pleased with some of the new additions to the ship:  they will be able to enjoy ship-wide Wi-Fi, AND every stateroom now comes complete with an iPad, giving guests the chance to explore the ship and access information about the day’s activities from the comfort of their own room!  How exciting!

Do you remember Rhapsody’s old Champagne Bar?  This has now been transformed into a sparkling new cocktail lounge, complete with plush furnishings and fully trained mixologists!  We can’t wait to try a few Cosmopolitans in the new bar!

Here’s the full list of changes to the ship:

  • Children will enjoy the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members
  • a Concierge Lounge for suite guests and top-tier loyalty guests
  • Completely refreshed staterooms, complete with iPads!
  • Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship
  • Flat-panel televisions in all staterooms
  • Outdoor LED movie screen on the pool deck
  • a digital way-finding system
  • Reinvented Centrum

New restaurants aboard Rhapsody of the Seas include

  • Giovanni’s Table (lunch, $15, and dinner, $20)
  • Izumi Asian Cuisine restaurant (lunch and dinner, $3.00 cover charge for lunch and $5.00 for dinner plus a la carte menu pricing)
  • Park Cafe deli-style restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, complimentary)
  • Chop’s Grille steakhouse (dinner, $30 per person)
  • Chef’s Table (dinner, $95 per person)

Rhapsody of the Seas’ revamp comes several months after sister ship Splendour of the Seas’ own refurbishment, which took place in November 2011.   Between now and 2014 all ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet will be given an overhaul.  The CEO of RCI explains:

 “With our $300 million investment throughout 2014, no ship in our fleet will go untouched and our guests will have an unrivalled holiday experience no matter which destination in the world they visit or on what ship they sail”

After sailing to Sydney, the ship will cross the Pacific on cruises from Australia and Hawaii, before sailing to Alaska next month.

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  1. Joshua Hamdorf on

    is there going to be a flow rider on aboard the ship as like the oasis of the seas freedom of the seas?

  2. My wife Michelle and I are boarding this beauty on the 14th an so looking forward to our cruise
    Can’t wait

  3. Mark & Sally Brown on

    We’ve been to 2 Barrier Reef cruises aboard Rhapsody of the Seas. With the renovations, is there going to be a Windjammer type restaurant for all meals?

    Thank you.